Quinn runs up front, with qualifications

Briefing: Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Reasons, other than the fact that it's still 2012, to take a new Quinnipiac poll with a grain of salt: it was conducted when Scott Stringer was still a presumed mayoral candidate, and it shows Bill Thompson trailing Christine Quinn among African-American and Hispanic voters.

But given the fact that the candidates aren't advertising or really engaging each other directly--they aren't really candidates yet, in other words--what the poll actually measures is something like name-recognition.

Quinn, the City Council speaker, is the choice of 32 percent of registered Democrats, while Thompson, the 2009 Democratic nominee who narrowly lost to Bloomberg and who served two terms as New York City Comptroller, clocked in at just 10 percent, trailing Quinn for the moment among African-American voters 28-20 percent and among Hispanic voters 32-7 percent.

The most keenly speculated-about Republican candidates were less well-established, judging from a poll question pitting them against a generic Democrat. 

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M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota, who has not indicated any overt interest in running, would lose 60-9 percent; Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, who has, would lose 62-11 percent.

Carrion would even lose among Hispanic voters 62-12 percent, according to the poll, perhaps owing to his decision to leave the Democratic Party. He'd lose among residents in the Bronx—where he served as borough president—61-19 percent. Quinn's 32 percent support among registered voters was second only to the number of people who said they don't know or have an opinion: 37 percent.

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9:45 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council members James Sanders, Eric Ulrich and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO William Rapfogel deliver turkeys, at JCC of Rockaway Peninsula, 1525 Central Avenue, in Queens.

11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo and National Guard troops distribute Thanksgiving dinners, at Five Towns Community Center, at 270 Lawrence Avenue, in Lawrence.

11 a.m. Quinn serves meals at St. John's Bread and Life Thanksgiving Meal, at 795 Lexington Avenue, in Brooklyn.

Noon. Cuomo and National Guard troops distribute Thanksgiving dinners, at Rockaway Point Fire Department, 204-26 Rockaway Pt. Boulevard, in Breezy Point.

Noon. Quinn attends Thanksgiving dinner benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims, hosted by the Food Network, Cooking Channel and Wine & Spirits of America, at Cipriani, at 55 Wall Street, in Manhattan.

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